Infostani International- On Sunday, Israeli tanks and aircraft targeted areas in central and southern Gaza, marking the 100th day of the ongoing aggression. The conflict has resulted in a rising civilian death toll and severe damage to the besieged Palestinian territory.
Crisis Escalates: Gaza Conflict Sparks Humanitarian Emergency, International Calls for Ceasefire
The conflict in Hamas-ruled Gaza has resulted in a severe humanitarian crisis for 2.4 million people, as warned by the United Nations and aid groups. According to Gaza’s health ministry, the majority, being women and children, have killed at least 23,968 people, reducing much of the coastal strip to rubble.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, called for a ceasefire in Gaza and the restoration of Palestinian statehood. The joint statement from the two ministers urged an immediate end to all acts of violence, killing, and targeting of civilians and civilian establishments. Wang proposed the establishment of an independent, fully sovereign state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international pressure over civilian casualties, vowed to continue the conflict, stating, “No one will stop us,” despite calls for a ceasefire. Netanyahu dismissed the International Court of Justice’s hearing on Israel’s alleged breach of the UN Genocide Convention.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a conference in Istanbul, stated, “We are not seekers of wars. We are seekers of freedom.” He attributed the attack to the years-long Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Gaza Crisis Escalates: Surge in Casualties, Humanitarian Emergency, and Worsening Conditions
In ongoing developments, Israeli forces claimed to have struck rocket launching pits and targets across Gaza, with fighting concentrated in the southern city of Khan Younis. The Gaza health ministry reported 125 people killed and 265 wounded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of casualties to almost 24,000 killed and over 60,000 wounded since the start of the war.
The Gaza Strip faces acute shortages of food, water, medicine, and fuel, leading to a collapsing health system. Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, cautioned about a humanitarian crisis, asserting that the ongoing conflict is traumatizing an entire generation of children in Gaza, spreading diseases, and bringing the threat of famine. Winter rains worsen conditions for millions of Palestinians displaced by the violence, according to UN estimates.